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NGO Puts South Sudanese to Work for Food

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An international NGO has been putting people in a drought-stricken area of South Sudan to work, in exchange for food. The new program, called "Food for Assets", is run by Mercy Corps and allows people in an area in Aweil East, in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, to work on projects that benefit their community, in exchange for food. The food is supplied by the United Nations' World Food Program, and the projects locals work on include everything from clearing roads that link local villages to improving irrigation systems on small farms.